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Webcam easy SPC230 really is that easy. Just plug and play to enjoy free video chatting using Skype, Windows Live Messenger or other instant messaging services. It's easy on the eye with high-quality resolution and low light enhancement.

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Superb Webcam Last year I originally bought a Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 to chat with my mate who moved to Austrailia.

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Philips Notebook webcam


Webcam easy

Plug and play

Webcam easy SPC230 really is that easy. Just plug and play to enjoy free video chatting using Skype, Windows Live Messenger or other instant messaging services. Its easy on the eye with high-quality resolution and low light enhancement.
High-quality photos and video 1.3 Mega Pixels resolution (interp.) for enhanced image quality Smooth image with 30 frames per second video Low-light enhancement mode offers better images in low light Rotating body to aim the camera wherever you want Easy as 1-2-3 Easy set-up and use Standalone external microphone gives you recording freedom Compatible with all instant messaging services Snapshot button lets you take great instant photos Mounts securely on any monitor, laptop or desk

Notebook webcam



Sensor: VGA CMOS Lens maximum aperture: F: 2.8 Lens view angle: 50 degrees Lens construction: 1 element White balance: 2600 - 7600 k Minimum illuminance: < 5 lux Data format: RGB Colour depth: 24 bit Video resolution: VGA Photo resolution: VGA Interpolated video resolution: 1.3 MP Interpolated photo resolution: 1.3 MP Maximum frame rate: 30 fps Processor: Pentium III 500 MHz RAM memory: 128 MB RAM Hard disk space: 200 MB USB: Free USB port CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive


1.3 Mega Pixels (interpolated)
Your webcam gives you 1.3 Mega Pixels (interpolated) for both video and photo resolution. So, you can use it to take high-quality photos that still look great when printed as larger-sized images.


Cable length: 1.5 metre Interfacing: USB 1.1 Power: Supplied via USB cable
30 frames per second video

Packaging dimensions

Sit back and enjoy superior viewing with 30 frames per second video. This gives you smoother video images and a better all-round video chatting experience.
Microphone: External microphone


Packaging dimensions (W x H x D): 19.2 x 18.7 x 9.4 cm Net weight: 0.082 kg Gross weight: 0.357 kg Tare weight: 0.275 kg EAN: Number of products included: 1 Packaging type: Carton

Low-light enhancement

Low-light enhancement improves the brightness of the image under low-light conditions.

Rotating body

Included accessories: External microphone

Outer Carton

Enjoy webcam-freedom with a clever rotating body that lets you aim the camera wherever you want. Just twist the camera in any direction to film anywhere in your room without moving the webcam at all.

Additional features

Snapshot button On/off activity LED


Add video to: Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger
Outer carton (L x W x H): 40 x 30.1 x 22 cm Net weight: 0.492 kg Gross weight: 2.8 kg Tare weight: 2.308 kg EAN: Number of consumer packages: 6

Easy set-up and use

Setting-up and using your webcam is easy as 1-2-3. 1. Install software 2. Plug in camera 3. Video call instantly
Standalone external microphone

System Requirements

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2), Microsoft Windows Vista
Product dimensions (W x H x D): 35 x 125 x 75 mm Product weight (g): 82 g


With a separate external microphone, you have the freedom to place it where it best picks up your voice to add high-quality audio to your video chats.
Compatible with all services
The webcam and its software have been designed with all instant messaging services in mind. Add video to Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger and other services.

Snapshot button

With just one press of this button, your webcam takes a picture automatically. It's a fun way to share your pictures by adding them to e-mails, webpages or documents.

Mounts securely

The multifunctional stand makes it easy for you to mount the webcam securely on top of any monitor, laptop or desk. This design is especially secure and won't move or fall when you're in the middle of a conversation.
Issue date 2011-02-18 Version: 6.0.5
2011 Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. All Rights reserved. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Trademarks are the property of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. or their respective owners.
12 NC: 37143 EAN: 39589 6



User manual

Whats in the box?

Please check that the following items are packed in the Philips SPC230NC box.They are provided to help you set up and use your Philips SPC230NC.

SPC 230 NC

Installation CD v.1.100 03367

Philips SPC230NC WebCam

Installation CD-ROM including manual
Microphone (SPC230NC/00, SPC230NC/27)

Legend of functions

Focus ring For adjusting the focus of the image manually. Clamp with rubber rims For attaching the WebCam to your PC monitor or laptop screen. USB connector For connecting the WebCam to the USB port of the laptop or desktop PC. The WebCam will derive its power from the laptop or desktop PC when a USB connection is made. Rotating foot For manually changing the vertical angle of the WebCam. Snapshot button Enables you to take photos without using your mouse. Power LED Lights up red when the WebCam is in use. External microphone (SPC230NC/00, SPC230NC/27) For adding voice and sound when video chatting and video recording.


Whats in the box? Legend of functions Contents Welcome Things you should know
Safety precautions Copyright


Installing the WebCam software Connecting the WebCam to your PC / laptop General settings Picture settings WebCam Video Viewer Instant messaging (video chatting, video calling and VoIP)

11 WebCam settings

15 Operating the WebCam
17 Technical specifications 18 Important information
Disclaimer FCC compliance Environmental information System requirements Disclaimer of warranty Limitations of damages


The Philips SPC230NC WebCam you have just purchased is manufactured to the highest standards and will give you years of trouble-free use. Brilliant images and blazing colors, that's what you get with the SPC230NC WebCam. After installation, the new WebCam can be used for all sorts of applications, such as: Video: use the Philips SPC230NC WebCam for video chatting and video calling.The WebCam works with Skype, Windows Live Messenger,Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Messenger, QQ and other free instant messaging and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services; Video e-mail / Video capture: create your own video presentations, video mail, product demonstrations, training videos, Internet clips etc.; Snapshot images: use images in presentations, create postcards, or send them via e-mail. Editing and special effects: after recording the images you want with the Philips SPC230NC WebCam, the images can be easily edited using image or video editing programs. The following sections in this manual give a step-by-step description of the installation process and explain how to use the Philips SPC230NC WebCam.

Things you should know

Please read the following instructions carefully, and retain them for future reference. It may be helpful to have the instructions for use for the PC at hand for reference.

Safety precautions

Observe the following guidelines to ensure that the WebCam will operate safely and to prevent defects. Do not use your WebCam in environments outside the following range: temperature: 0C to 40C, relative humidity: 45% ~ 85%. Do not use or store your WebCam in/under: direct sunlight exposure; very humid and dusty environment; near any kind of heat sources. If your WebCam gets wet, dry it with soft cloth as soon as possible. If the lens is dirty, Do NOT touch the lens with your fingers. Clean the outside of the WebCam with a soft cloth. Do NOT use cleaning fluids based on alcohol, methylated spirit, ammonia, etc. Do NOT attempt to disassemble or repair your WebCam by yourself. Do not open the WebCam. In the event of technical difficulties return it to your Philips retailer. Do NOT use your WebCam in the water. Protect the WebCam from oil, vapour, steam, moisture, and dust. Never point the WebCam lens at the sun.


Copyright 2007 by Philips Consumer Electronics B.V. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system or translated into any language or computer language, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, chemical, manual or otherwise, without prior written permission from Philips. Brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Installing the WebCam software
The software supplied only works on PCs with the operating systems Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Vista. Notes! Unplug all your USB devices (except USB keyboard and USB mouse) before you start. Do not plug in your WebCam yet. Run the Installation CD-ROM first. Have your Windows CD-ROM at hand. 1 Place the installation CD-ROM in your PCs / laptops CD-ROM / DVD drive. > After a couple of seconds the Language selection screen appears. Note! If the 'Language selection' screen does not appear automatically, open the Microsoft Windows Explorer and double click on the 'Set-up.exe' icon in the CD-ROM directory. 2 Select your language. > Installation continues automatically.
> The Welcome screen appears. 3 Click Next to continue.
> The Manual screen appears. 4 Select the first option if you wish to read the user manual before continuing installation.You can print out the manual so you will have it at hand during the rest of the installation process. After you read or printed the user manual, continue installation by selecting the second option.
Or: Select the second option if you wish to continue installation. Click Next to continue. > The Installation screen appears. The items that can be installed are shown on the left side of the screen. An explanation of each item is given on the right side. All items are already selected for installation. 5 Click the 'Next' button if you wish to install all items. Or: If there are certain items you do not wish to install, check the boxes before these items. Select at least SPC230NC WebCam Driver and WebCam Video Viewer. Click the 'Next' button. > The following software license agreement appears. 6 Click on 'Yes' to continue the installation.
> The following screen appears when the installation was successful. 7 Select the user manual. Or: Click 'Next' to continue.
> The Reboot screen appears. 8 Select Yes to restart your PC / laptop, then click Finish. > The WebCam Video Viewer desktop shortcut will be installed after installation. > Via the WebCam Video Viewer you have access to all camerarelated software. See Operating the WebCam. 9 You can now connect your WebCam.

Connecting the WebCam to your PC / laptop 5 5
1 Be sure to run the installation CD first, before connecting the WebCam to the PC / laptop. 2 Turn on the PC / laptop. 3 Connect the USB connector of the USB cable to the USB port of the PC / laptop. > The WebCam will now derive its power from the PC / laptop. 4 Aim the webcam as required. 5 Push the USB cable into the cable management slot. 6 Use the clamp and the two rubber rims to attach the WebCam to your PC monitor or laptop screen. 7 Peel off the protective foil on the rear of the microphone (SPC230NC/00, SPC230NC/27) and attach the microphone to the PC monitor or laptop screen. 8 Connect the microphone plug to the microphone or green socket of the sound card.

WebCam settings

The Philips SPC230NC video properties can be changed: - from within an application; - by clicking the WebCam Video Viewer icon in the Windows taskbar, bottom right of your screen, or - by selecting Advance in the WebCam Video Viewer. See Operating the WebCam. Most applications can show a 'live preview' video image on your monitor. Always use this option to see the effect of changed settings on your screen.

General settings

1 Flickerless The Flickerless option should only be used under flickering light conditions (e.g. fluorescent or neon lamps) to prevent flickering or strangely colored video images. If this option is used under normal lighting conditions the video image may be overexposed. 2 Region If you are using the Philips SPC230NC in Europe, select '50 Hz' and if you are using the Philips SPC230NC in North America, select '60 Hz'. For Asia this setting is dependent on the local mains output. E.g. for China, select 50 Hz and for Taiwan, select 60 Hz. For Japan the setting is region dependent. Please check your local mains output to find the correct Region setting.

Picture settings

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3 Full automatic control: on/off This full automatic control mode provides a very easy way to get the best out of your Philips SPC230NC WebCam. Or you can choose to have maximum manual control over the WebCam settings by switching the full automatic control mode off. Full automatic control 'on' is the preferred setting for normal use. Techniques active within full automatic control mode are: Automatic exposure control and automatic white balance control, to provide the best video source signal possible; Automatic frame rate selection for improved WebCam sensitivity in low light conditions. 4 Frame rate You can use the scroll open menu to set the frame rate of the video you wish to capture. E.g. 30 fps means that the WebCam will capture video at 30 frames per second.

5 Auto Exposure & Exposure slider The exposure is the amount of light received by the sensor and is determined by how long the sensor is exposed to capture a snapshot or video frame.The result depends on the sensitivity of the sensor.The WebCam will find the optimal setting if you select the automatic exposure option.You can use the exposure slider if you would like to set the WebCam according to your personal preferences. 6 Reset Press this button if you would like to reset the WebCam settings to the default factory settings. 7 Save Press this button if you would like to save your personal preferred settings. 8 Restore Press this button if you would like to restore your personal preferred settings. 9 Auto White Balance Most light sources are not 100% pure white but have a certain color temperature. Normally our eyes compensate for lighting conditions with different color temperatures. If the automatic white balance is selected, the WebCam will look for a reference point which represents white. It will then calculate all other colors based on this white point and compensate the other colors accordingly, just like the human eye. You can also select fixed settings for Indoor, Outdoor and Fluorescence conditions or use the Red and Blue sliders if you would like to set the WebCam according to your personal color temperature preferences. 0 Brightness Brightness enables you to adjust the brightness of the displayed image or video to suit your own preference. Use the slider to find your preferred setting.
! Contrast Contrast enables you to control the ratio between dark and light according to your own preference. Use the slider to find your preferred setting. @ Gamma Gamma enables you to brighten dark areas within the displayed image or video and visualize more details without over-exposing already light areas. Use the slider to find your preferred setting. # Saturation Saturation enables you to set the color reproduction from black and white to a full color image or video according to your own preference. Use the slider to find your preferred setting. $ Black and white The 'Black and white' checkbox is used to switch from color images to black and white and back. % Backlight compensation Turn on the backlight compensation to improve the image quality when you have a scene where the background has a high illumination level (for instance when you are sitting in front of a bright light). ^ Mirror Clicking the 'Mirror Image' checkbox flips the image horizontally.You can use this feature when you want to use the Philips SPC230NC and monitor as a mirror, or to take pictures of mirrored images. & Low light enhancement Enabling the Low light enhancement function makes it possible to notice more details under low light conditons by an additional video gain boost.

Operating the WebCam

WebCam Video Viewer
All WebCam applications can be accessed via the WebCam Video Viewer.The WebCam Video Viewer is the central application for easy access to your Philips WebCam and all image and video applications installed during setup. Start the WebCam Video Viewer: - through the Windows QuickLaunch menu in your taskbar, - via the program group SPC230NC WebCam, or - by clicking the the WebCam Video Viewer icon on the desktop. > The WebCam Video Viewer will now be initiated and the WebCam Video Viewer selection screen appears.
Select Format if you wish to adjust the video format: > The Properties screen appears.
- Frame Rate: the number of frames displayed per second.The higher the frame rate, the better the video quality. - Color Space (RGB 24) / Compression (1420): Compression 1420 reduces the quantity of data used to show video content without excessively reducing the picture quality. Compressed video files are easier to store and transmit than non-compressed video files. Select this option for Internet applications.
- Color space is a representation of the amount of color gradations the WebCam is able to capture, expressed in bits per pixel (individual point of color). RGB24, also known as Truecolor, refers to 8 bit per color component (Red, Green, Blue), resulting in 24 bits per pixel.This mode makes it possible to represent 256 gradations of each color component. Select this option for non-Internet applications. - Output size (resolution): Resolution is the number of pixels (individual points of color) on both horizontal and vertical axis of a monitor.The sharpness of the displayed image depends on the resolution and the size of the monitor.The higher the output size, the higher the resolution (and sharpness) of the displayed image. Select Advance to access the WebCam settings. See WebCam settings. Check the Capture Audio box if you wish to capture your voice as well during video recording. Making a video recording 1 Select Record. 2 Select a folder to store the recording in. > Recording starts immediately. > Elapsed playing time, file size and free disk space are shown. Select Stop to stop recording. Select Playback to play the recording.

Instant messaging and Internet calling
(video chatting, video calling and VoIP) The Philips SPC230NC WebCam works with all free instant messaging and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) applications such as Skype, Windows Live Messenger,Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Messenger and QQ. Download and install the desired applications via their websites. Follow the on-screen instructions during downloading and installing. After installing an application, make the required WebCam settings within the application in order to be able to properly use the WebCam via the application.

Technical specifications

Sensor...VGA CMOS Real video resolution (Max.)..640 x 480 Interpolated video resolution (Max.)..1.3 MP Real still image resolution (Max.)..640 x 480 Interpolated still photo resolution (Max.)..1.3 MP Frames per second...30 fps F-number...2.5 Lens view angle...50 degrees Data format....RGB 24 Interfacing...USB 1.1, USB 2.0 USB cable length...1.5 m Microphone.. External microphone supplied (SPC230NC/00, SPC230NC/27) Power...supplied via USB cable Voltage requirements..5V ( ), 0.5A

Important information

Philips makes no warranty of any kind with regard to this material, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Philips assumes no responsibility for any error that may appear in this document. Philips makes no commitment to update nor to keep current the information contained in this document.

FCC compliance

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1 this device may not cause harmful interference, and 2 this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Note! This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Any unauthorized modification to this equipment could result in the revocation of the authorization to operate the equipment.

Environmental information
Disposal of your old product Your product is designed and manufactured with high quality materials and components, which can be recycled and reused. When this crossed-out wheeled bin symbol is attached to a product it means the product is covered by the European Directive 2002/96/EC Please inform yourself about the local separate collection system for electrical and electronic products. Please act according to your local rules and do not dispose of your old products with your normal household waste.The correct disposal of your old product will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health. WARNING Plastic bags can be dangerous.To avoid danger of suffocation, keep this bag away from babies and small children.

System requirements

Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista; Pentium III, 500 Mhz or equivalent; 128MB RAM and 200 MB free hard disk space; One free USB port (USB 1.1, USB 2.0) and CD-ROM or DVD drive.

Disclaimer of warranty

The software on the CD-ROM supplied is sold as is and without warranties whether expressed or implied. Because of the various software and hardware environments into which this program may be put, no warranty of fitness for a particular purpose is offered.

Limitations of damages

The vendor will not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages (including damages for loss of business, loss of profits, or the like), whether based on breach of contract, tort (including negligence), product liability or otherwise, even if the vendor or its representatives have been advised of the possibility of such damages and even if a remedy set forth herein is found to have failed its essential purpose.
Where to go for information and support? Please visit our website: for the latest product information. Go to: for the latest version of drivers and for troubleshooting tips. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Trademarks are the property of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. or their respective owners. 2007 Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. All rights reserved.


Technical specifications

Device TypeWeb camera
Width1.4 in
Depth3 in
Height4.9 in
Weight2.9 oz
LocalizationArgentina, Canada, Mexico, United States
TypeColor - fixed
Minimum Illumination5 lux
Still Image- up to 30 frames per second
Audio SupportYes
FeaturesWhite balance, snap-shot button
Image Sensor
Lens Construction
Lens IrisF/2.8
Computer InterfaceUSB
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces1 x USB
Included AccessoriesMicrophone
Cables Included1 x USB cable - 5 ft
Software / System Requirements
Software IncludedYahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Skype, Windows Live Messenger
OS RequiredMicrosoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista
Peripheral / Interface DevicesCD-ROM, USB port
System Requirements DetailsPentium III - 500 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HD 200 MB
Universal Product Identifiers
Part NumberSPC230NC/27



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